Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin
July 10, 2013, Page 10
Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"
Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.
of "Oldies" Articles
Compiled by Dee Zimmerman
Clark County News
the Visgar Church building in the Town of York. Inquire of the M. E. pastor in
Two veterans of the Battle of
Gettysburg, Geo. K. Redmond and Phil Brothers left Saturday night to join those
going to the great reunion to be held at the old battlefield this week. About
300 Wisconsin veterans will be there.
C. C. Sniteman has completed a
cement pier at his cottage, Villa Court. It is a fine addition to the place and
will give everyone a chance for fishing and boating from there. It is 75 feet
long and four feet wide. There is talk of having a firework display at the end
of the pier the evening of July 4th. Everybody is invited.
Dave Wood, of the Town of Hewett,
sold several cords of rock to some parties from Sparta, which they will ship
there to build a house. Clark County for sure can furnish
Ike Rogers finished the wall for the
new Lutheran Church being built in Chili. He did himself credit on that job, as
he put up a very fine
Gibson Bender has rented the store
building of Jul Ziemendorf, which was erected near the Sherwood Townhall, where
he is going to start a
F. A. Stapher, proprietor of the
Merchants Hotel has taken charge of the bus service and will run a free bus
service for the city. Call Merchants
Mr. Eugene Hagie and Ms. Olive
Conlin were married at Alma Center June 30.
The groom is the Shortville
blacksmith and has a most excellent patronage and a good home. The bride is a
lady well qualified in every way to make their home one of comfort and
Several neighborhood picnics were
held in North Grant to celebrate the Fourth and there was a dance in Joe
Everyone is cordially invited to the
Annual Congregational Sunday school picnic, which will occur Thursday afternoon,
July 10, at 2 oclock on the old Withee place back of Dan Kennedys residence on
Neillsvilles North Side.
Everybody is invited to come
bringing a basket lunch. Lemonade is to be furnished by the school. There will
be unique games, races and contests with prizes for young and old. South Side
people will meet at the church and North Side people at H. A. Rissers residence
and, thence, go to the picnic grounds.
Mr. and Mrs. Will Opelt are visiting
his brother, Max in Lynn presently. Will Opelt and family plan to move to
Lindsey soon, where he will start a
Besides the usual agricultural and
stock features of the Clark County Fair, some more and interesting features are
being planned by the officers. The special seasons $1.00 ticket, which admits
the holder to the fair each day, also gives him a chance on winning the fine
automobile and further gives 100 votes to the Queen of the Fair, the most
popular young lady who will get a diamond ring and the second, a gold watch.
Many fine attractions are being
arranged for. The Town exhibits consisting of produce of the various townships
in the county will prove interesting. Under the provision of the county board,
the best exhibit draws $75, second $50, and the third $25.
Wednesday will be Childrens Day.
All under age of 15 will be admitted free. Premium lists now out for full
particulars as to games, etc., on that day.
Mr. Ira Wolff and Miss Sophie Axley
were married at the home of the brides parents in Menasha July 11. The
bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wolff. He was brought up in
Neillsville and for some time was in the carriage painting business here. A few
years ago he went to Circle, Mont., and engaged extensively in ranching. He is
a young man of the industrious type, enterprising and possessing good habits and
The bride is a stranger to most of
the people here, but is a most excellent young lady.
A two-horsepower electric motor to
be used for power in operating the new pipe organ is being installed in St.
Johns Church at Marshfield.
It is expected that the new Canning
Factory will be in readiness Friday night. All the citizens and farmers are
invited to visit the factory that evening and see how the processes will be
conducted and the work done. Mr. Bertschy, the manager, hopes to have things in
shape so that he can demonstrate actual canning that evening.
has a garden of two city lots, from which he has already taken peas and new
potatoes. He has three kinds of sweet corn, one in tassel and another variety
that is waist-high, July 1st. In this area he has 35 kinds of fruit and
The rerouting of milk trucks in
Clark County will go into effect July 16. Notice to this effect is going out
from the county transportation committee, of which Axel Sorensen is chairman.
The effective date of the plan was
decided upon Tuesday, June 29, after approval had been received from the office
of defense transportation, in Washington.
This project is of substantial
importance in saving rubber and trucks. The saving, as computed by the
transportation committee, is 1,816 truck miles per day, or nearly 27 times
around the world in a year. Another way of putting it is that it will save
about two million tire miles per year. This savings is affected with a minimum
of rearrangement of patrons, only about 2 per cent of the patrons of the county
making a change of outlet.
Saturday at about 1:30 a.m. an extra
freight train struck and killed a cow on the railroad bridge just east of the
Columbia station. The animal had been purchased by Fred Palmer, of the Town of
Levis, at the Potucek auction. Mr. Palmer had turned her out to pasture after
taking her home, but the cow had broken out and was on her way back to the Ward
Lockman farm, her former home. Mr. Palmer had paid $130 for the animal, all
gone in a grand hurry.
Grand Opening at the Dakota Club in
Christie, Thursday, July 1st. It is under the management of Dan Timerson.
The Stables Nite club will open July
1st with a Free Dance! The Dux Orchestra will play July 3rd and 4th. No minors
Last hatch, with 4,000 chicks
available on July 4th and until sold out, at the Zimmerman Hatchery, Greenwood.
Every senior who graduated from the
Neillsville High School this year found the world beckoning to him or her. In a
world busy with war and production, man-power became the critical need and these
young people found themselves in urgent demand. This marked the contrast to the
conditions of only two or three years ago, when high school graduates were in
oversupply looking for work.
A cloud burst on the northern end of
Clark County sent the Black River on a rampage. Vegetables in the Indian School
garden amazingly survived one of the worst floods in the recent history of Black
River. Those vegetables, which had been threatened by labor shortage and then by
flood, stuck by their roots to what remained of the topsoil, and they were
hanging on for dear life, when the floodwaters receded. By Tuesday morning the
promise was that 75 percent of that garden, the largest and finest in this area,
would survive. Soil was being spread around them tenacious roots, to give them a
fresh hold on earth. Except for rotting, which may later be in evidence, the
prospect was, according to the Rev. Ben Stucki, that the garden may still go
through to Victory, provided he can get the help to get it there.
The flood waters roared across the
pavement on Highway 10, just west of the farmhouse of the school, located on the
west bank of the river. It rushed around the house with a heavy current, three
or four feet deep on the west and a current even stronger and deeper on the
east. But the eastern current was deflected and tended to go straight toward the
main thread of the stream. The result was that the scouring was on the front
and back of the garden, with the water less turbulent in the area between. And
so, as the water receded and as the high stakes of the garden loomed again at
their accustomed height, it was seen that the vegetables, food for more than 100
Indian children next winter, had hung on, while four or five feet of water took
command above them.
It was a terrifying flood, during
its brief life, with the waters rising madly Sunday afternoon at the rate of
about a foot per hour. By 11 oclock Sunday night it had been necessary to stop
traffic over the bridge on Highway 10; the water was close up to the floor of
the bridge. Barricades were erected on both sides. At about the same time, or
earlier, other bridges over the Black River were shut off by the high water,
Monday morning. From that point on the waters receded at the rate of three or
four inches per hour.
The danger was that the floodwaters
would carry away the farmhouse of the Indian School, occupied by the Mark
Vornholt family. All of their goods were removed from the house and heavy ropes
were strongly attached to the house, anchoring it o the large trees in front.
But the waters did not rise quite to the height of 1938. The basement was
flooded, but not the first floor, and evidently there was no serious damage to
Up north, around Owen, there was the
cloud burst, with the Popple River going up eight feet in a hurry.
The sudden rise near Owen caught a
southbound Soo line passenger train and stopped it dead about two miles east of
Owen. The road bed dissolved under the train, the locomotive, tender and three
cars were derailed and overturned. Three passenger coaches remained upright on
the tracks. There were about 100 passengers, but none were seriously injured.
All of them had thrilling experiences in escaping from the fast-rising waters.
Herman Embke lost two sheep. Three
oclock Monday morning, they called neighbors to help get sheep out of the
water. The men waded in water above their waists and carried the sheep to
safety. Carl Opelt lost crops that were near the river. They own land on both
sides of the river, so were hit hard.
Repairs were started on the Lynch
Bridge Monday, with Dells Dam Bridge repairing to start today.
(The Herman Embke and Carl Opelt
farms were located about five miles southwest of Neillsville, along Black River
and near the old Lynch Bridge, in the Town of Levis. DZ)
Winnebago Indian Mission School was often referred to as the Indian School
during its existence along the Black River on Neillsvilles west side. The above
photo is one of several taken during the time it was in operation.
fireworks available at Parrishs Store, 5’ to $1.00; Night Shells, Colored Drum
Fire, Silver Torpedoes, Sparklers, Colored Fire Cones, Triangles, Fire Pots, Pin
Wheels, screech Owls, Sky Whistle Bombs, Roman Candles, Firecrackers, Repeating
Flash Salutes, Star Mines & Aerial Flash Bombs.
Harts South Side Store: Highest
prices paid for Eggs & Live Chickens!
Eggs we pay 35’ cash per dozen; Live
Chickens: Leghorn Spring, 25’ lb; Heavy Spring Chickens, 25’ lb; Heavy Hens 21’
lb; Heavy Roosters 18’ lb
We buy them every day and every
The Victory Garden Committee of the
City of Neillsville will make an inspection of gardens during the first week of
August for the purpose of determining winners in the contest conducted by the
All gardeners interested in an
inspection please contact any member of the city garden committee before
Saturday, August 3, at 9 a.m.
(At that time it was encouraged
that each household have a garden, due to wartime and food rationing. Home
canning was done to supply the familys food needs. DZ)
Upon reading the story of 42
tomatoes on one vine in last weeks Press, Mrs. Robert Hiles of Grant Township
went out into her garden and began to count. She did not count all the tomatoes
there, but she did count until she found one vine with 84 tomatoes on it, and
one was ripe.
Mrs. Hiles raised her plants from
seed, which she started on March 17. She grew the tomato plants in the south
window of the sunroom, where she commonly starts her early garden.
The Hiles home is one and one-half
miles southeast of Kurth corners.
Walter E. Cook, assemblyman for this
district, has wired the office of Price Administration in Washington, as
Absolutely imperative that
restrictions on grains and feeds be lifted so Wisconsin farmers can get feed for
the cattle, hogs and poultry that the government has asked them to produce.
This must be taken care of at once to avoid terrible waste. Thousands of farmers
presently cannot secure feed to save their livestock. Please give us immediate
What is the right price for a farmer
to pay for custom work, performed by one farmer for another? In this time of
shortage, much service of this sort is rendered and the price paid for it in
1942 is discussed in a bulletin recently issued by the Wisconsin Department of
The average cost of getting work
done on a custom basis in 1942 was $1.98 per acre and $1.73 per hour for
plowing, 75’ per acre and $1.40 per hour for cultivating corn, and 81’ per acre
and $1.36 per hour for mowing hay. The cost of picking corn by machine, on a
custom basis, averaged 6’ per bushel, $3.01 per acre and $3.09 per hour.
Barn Paint, $1.79 per gallon, or
better price on complete barn job: at the Coast-to-Coast Store.
For Rent: One 5-room upper flat,
$12.50 per month; one 4-room upper flat, $10 per month. Corner of Grand Avenue
and Sixth Street; inquire of Emil Ketel,
For Sale: Deering Grain Binder, good
condition, see Francis Langreck, Neillsville, Rt. 3, ½ mile north on 73 and ½